Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Obama to Congress: It's Your Problem if Supremes Throw Out Subsidies

Typical. President Obama and his HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell are now sending a message to Congress that if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare subsidies in the coming weeks, it will be up to Congress to fix the problem.

Question: Could it be that Obama's own plant on the court, Elena Kagan, has already informed the White House that an unfavorable decision is coming? That's pure speculation on my part. Kagan, who worked on developing the Obamacare plan before Obama put her on the court, should have recused herself in the first place.

But naturally, she didn't.

Of course, instead of one unpredictable vote on the court (Anthony Kennedy) we now have two (John Roberts).

At the same time, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are fretting about what the Republicans will do if the subsidies are ruled unconstitutional, which would gut Obamacare. If they don't come up with a plan to "fix" it, the voters will blame Republicans in the next election. How about they do nothing? They didn't create Obamacare (the Republicans). Let the free market work it out. They should tell Obama that if the decision goes against him they will send him a sympathy card.

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

If they don't come up with a plan to "fix" it, the voters will blame Republicans in the next election.

Damn straight. When you are the majority the responsibility falls on you.

They put themselves in a Catch-22 by making "Repeal Obamacare" the touchstone of the GOP brand. Only, enough millions of people now rely on it that they will catch hell if they let it go down. They can take all the repeal votes they want as long as they are covered by the president's threat of a veto. Its all grandstanding.

But if the Supreme Court guts the law, then congress will have to fix it.

One can blame the Democrats for something here: they did a poor job writing the bill in the first place.